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出生入死   Coming into life and entering death,
生之徒十有三   The followers of life are three in ten.
死之徒十有三   The followers of death are three in ten.
人之生动之死地十有三 Those whose life activity is their death ground are three in ten.
夫何故 ni li tan seme? Why is this?
以其生生之厚   Because they live life grasping for its rich taste.
盖闻善摄生者   Now I have heard that those who are expert in handling life
陆行不遇兕虎   Can travel the land without meeting tigers and rhinos,
入军不被甲兵   Can enter battle without being wounded.
兕无所投其角   The rhino has no place to plant its horn,
虎无所措其爪   The tiger has no place to place its claws,
兵无所容其刃   Weapons find no place to receive their sharp edges.
夫何故   Why?
以其无死地   Because he has no death-ground.

Sitelen Sitelen Renderer by Olaf Janssen.

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